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Hypnotherapy for Children & Young People

Hypnotherapy for children and young people

Hypnotherapy is a safe, gentle therapy, which makes it perfect for children, usually from the age of 7 upwards. Children relax to varying levels, but because they respond in a slightly different way, it is just fine if they wriggle around a little, or open their eyes, but usually they settle into the chair naturally and comfortably. Depending on their age, they may want to put their feet up, snuggle into a blanket or bring along a favourite toy.

Children and young people tend to enjoy the chance to chat about themselves as well as the opportunity to explore different ways to make life a bit more fun. If the child is young, we spend some time with a parent or guardian in the room too, just getting to know each other and finding out what we will be doing in the session. The adult is welcome to stay, or if the child is comfortable, I will chat with them on their own, before doing some easy relaxation followed by hypnotherapy. Adults benefit from the deep relaxation offered by hypnosis and teenagers tend to be the same (teenagers especially enjoy relaxing deeply!) Children on the other hand, often respond better when engaging their imagination, so I use the format of stories, weaving suggestions through them, to make the session feel relaxing as well as enjoyable. Often I will be holding a ‘storybook’ as I chat. We talk about a story idea beforehand and the child can offer their suggestions too, acknowledging their importance and value in the process. As well as hypnotherapy, children and young people respond very well to the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which draws on a combination of psychology and acupressure points on the body, which they can have fun ‘tapping’. There are a also number of tools which I teach young people to use in stressful situations, helping them to feel more relaxed and in control.

Older Children & Teenagers

As children grow up they often feel the benefit of a safe space to talk about their emotions and problems outwith the school and family environment. The transition years between childhood and adulthood can bring many personal anxieties as well the challenges of studying, taking exams and preparing to leave school.

Older children and teenagers particularly enjoy the deep relaxation of hypnotherapy and really feel the benefit of supportive suggestions. They can also learn how to relax themselves and feel empowered by some of the techniques they can use in difficult situations.

Symptoms vary widely, including all sorts of fears, phobias, worries and anxieties, but some common ones are:

  • Bullying
  • School phobia
  • Needle Phobia
  • Fear of hospitals
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Lack of confidence
  • Fear of sleeping away from home
  • Fear of leaving parents
  • Animal phobias
  • Exams
  • Bedwetting
  • Fear of reading aloud in class
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fear of swallowing/choking
  • Conditions exacerbated by stress (eg eczema)
  • Fear of illness / death
  • Bereavement
  • Coping with illness
  • Food phobia
  • Effects of divorce/separation
  • Coping with a new step family
  • Stutter / tics
  • Habits such as nail biting/hair pulling
  • Behaviour Problems

I have worked with children’s charities in different roles for over 20 years, beginning as a volunteer at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, youth clubs and children’s theatre and arts groups. I have also mentored and supported children in two Barnardo’s projects and was a regular counsellor with Childline. I completed Childline counselling training courses as well as CPCAB and Institute of Counselling Certificates in Counselling, so I can provide qualified support during our session.

If you would like to talk about your child’s situation or have any questions, then please email using the contact page, or phone me on 07971939170 for more information.

What do parents say?

Thank you so much, you have been such a massive help to my child, we can’t believe how much better he’s been. I have already recommended you to a friend and will keep doing so! We have been completely astonished. He has been going in to school really confidently and well and we’ve seen a big difference in his general confidence. Thank you so much, we a really grateful. GA, parent of 9 year old boy

I wanted to say how grateful we are for all your help, you really are great with our daughter and always make sure you get to the root of the worry. I am so delighted we are meeting with you and she seems so much happier in herself. I felt lost and didn’t know how to cope when (*) was at her worst before we saw you. I honestly think you are fantastic and can see your natural rapport with children, your help is absolutely priceless, we think you are amazing. LC, parent of 10 year old girl

You treated my son just before Christmas and he is a changed boy, off on his school trip next Monday for 4 nights! LB, mother of 11 year old boy

Our daughter has had a few visits with Amanda and last month when she was feeling the anxiety symptoms building up again, she asked us to take her to see Amanda. She knows Amanda can help with her worries. GC, parent of 11 year old girl

We were kindly referred to Amanda by MASScot (charity) after our 16 year old son was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma. We were all struggling emotionally and trying to come to terms with the shock of such news. Thankfully he has been given the all clear and we are through the worst. The time spent with Amanda was invaluable at a very difficult time for the whole family. Amanda saw us all individually over several weeks. The sessions provided us with the time and space to discuss our concerns with Amanda in a safe and supportive environment. This was followed with a period of hypnotherapy for the remainder of each hour long session. We all found it to be incredibly relaxing and extremely beneficial. Both our children remarked how great they found the experience. As parents, we took great comfort in seeing the obvious benefits the kids got from hypnotherapy as well as the help it gave us all in coping and making sense of such an awful situation. FB and Family